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Petrol profiteering? ‘I’m not robbing motorists, I’m only making 2-3p a litre’

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A new unpleasant routine has begun at Bilal Naeem’s petrol station in sleepy Datchet, Berkshire. Almost every day someone will pull up, fill up and screech away without paying. “The crime rate has been incredible since fuel prices went up,” says Naeem, wincing. “A customer showed me a post on a local Facebook group telling people they only get a £50 fine for driving away without paying.

That’s 50 quid of free petrol now.” One theft can wipe out his fuel profits for the day, he says.Thefts at petrol stations have become an increasingly common sight in recent weeks amid record petrol and diesel prices.

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